Hints of tomorrow’s top trends at HX and BDNY

Hitting the wall in 2017 may be a good thing if design is on your agenda! 

Recently at the simultaneously held Hospitality Shows, HX, The Hotel Experience Show and BDNY, a Boutique Design Trade Fair, inside the New York City-based glass-mesmerizing Jacob Javits Center, a range of diverse new products appeared to be reworked throwbacks.

It was only a matter of time before ’90s design trends resurfaced in hospitality. As the old adage goes, what’s old is new again. Think silk plants, mod wall murals, wallpaper (not your mother’s) and pops of bright yellow all making a comeback in 2017.

Vendors responded with displays showcasing products to support industry pulses such as attracting and retaining loyal guests. Turndown treats and welcome gifts were back in the aisles ranging from decadent pillow chocolates to leather guestroom accessories and plush pet beds.

Let’s take a peek at five potential upcoming trends thanks to the 2016 HX and BDNY exhibitors.

5: Rugs

Rugs are big, big, big.  With carpeting becoming somewhat passé and cowhides deemed last-year, oversized-stunning floor coverings are back and running the gamut from sophisticated to almost optical illusion styles. The new rug-rage takes a traditional look and transcends it to a breathtaking focal-point status.

 4: Pet-friendly

Pet-friendly is clearly a huge trend on the rise. With such a high interest for guests to travel with their pets, the market demanded it and soon, guests will expect it. From plush beds, travel kennels, food and water bowls, dog mats, toys, room service and in-suite butlers, pet-friendly programs are under development from coast to coast.

3: Moss mania

Moss and exceptionally realistic silk plants are piquing interest for those wanting to add greenery to their space. With the recent vertical plant wall trend requiring more TLC than expected, the door has opened for lower-maintenance options such as moss and silk flowers. Both are making a comeback on walls, tabletops or inside glass display tables.

2: Yellow

Although rose quartz and serenity blue have enjoyed a moment in time during 2016 whether in fabrics, furniture or paint, both tradeshow floors showcased a sea of bright yellow within their offerings. On a side note, yellow is also known to add optimism to its space, promote communication and spark creativity!

1: Walls

Walls are going to be all about what you cover them with! Statement walls covered with a solid Pantone take a backseat as wall murals’ and wallpaper’s reign. Whether you’re looking for a throwback style with a splash of pop art or texture by incorporating non-standard wallpaper materials such as copper or cork, walls take center stage with a series of refreshed applique options.